Move over bacon. Make way for kale pops, chia pods, and simmer sauces from around the globe. They are examples of the top five food trends for the year ahead picked by a panel of trendspotters at the 59th Summer Fancy Food Show in New York.
The show was held last week at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. It is the largest marketplace in North America for specialty foods and beverages, with 180,000 products from more than 2,400 food manufacturers, importers and entrepreneurs on display, including the latest artisanal cheeses, chocolates, vinegars, grilling sauces and natural and organic products.
The trends are:
Reinvented Frozen Treats
Green Wave Smoothies – Kalelicious Smoothie Pops
Life Ice – Freeze & Eat Bite-Sized Ices
DeeBee's Organics - Tea Pops
Bar Gelato by Naia - Blue Bottle Coffee Bar
Grains and Seeds in New Places
The Chia Co. - Chia Pods
La Pasta, Inc. – Sweet Potato, Quinoa and Kale Ravioli
Flamous Brands – Sprouted Multigrain Zatar Chips
Seattle Chocolate Co. - jcoco Agave Quinoa Sesame Milk Chocolate Bar
Global Meal Starters
Saffron Road – Harissa, Korean Stir Fry and Thai Red Curry Simmer Sauces
Kaldes Bros. Trading Co. – Greek Cooking Sauces
Kitchens of Africa – Maffe Peanut and Yassa Onion Simmer Sauces
Terrapin Ridge Farms – Pot Roast Meal Starter
Retro Mania Done New
Callie's Charleston Biscuits – Callie's Cheese Crisps
City Bakery – Hot Chocolate
Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams – Orchid Vanilla Macaroon Ice Cream Sandwich
Southern Culture – Short Stacks Banana Pudding Pancake Mix
Be Your Own Mixologist
Sociale – Lavender Martini Mocktails
Hella Bitter – Cocktail Bitters
Luke's Heirloom Tomato Juice – Bloody Delicious Mary Mix
Owl's Brew – Tea Crafted for Cocktails
Other trends identified are single-serve snacks with calorie counts, Vietnamese flavors, chickpea and seaweed snacks, maple products, and sweet and savory cookies. Trends with staying power identified at prior Fancy Food Shows include coconut, salted caramel and innovations in gluten-free foods.
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